The Polar Bear Scholarship Fund’s vision has been developed by the Board of Directors over the past 10 years and has evolved to what it is today. Up to 15 people serve on the board and the common goal is to raise and distribute donor funds to deserving North High students to further their education. It seems that these board members start out to be helpful to reach the goal and find that they become emotionally attached to these students over time and find that it is a very positive and affirming experience. If you need to be “sold” to consider working on this program in any capacity, feel free to talk to a member of the board.
Heather Burr Isaacson graduated from North High School Class in 1993. After North she went onto Central College in Pella, IA to graduate in 1997 with a B.A. in Sociology. She works for Des Moines I Have a Dream Foundation as the DreamerAcademy Program Director, serving both Findley Elementary and Harding Middle Schools.
Theresa is a 1993 NHS alum. After graduating from Central College, she spent 10 years in non-profit administration and development. More recently, her time is devoted to settling her family into new locales, remodeling old homes, and
Nora graduated from North High School with the Class of 1963. She has been on the Alumni Association Board for the past 10 years and on the Polar Scholarship Board for 2 1/2 years. Before retirement she worked in the medical field with an emphasis on laboratory testing.
Carolyn Cole graduated from North High School in 1963. After graduating from North, she attended the University of Northern Iowa graduating from there in 1967 with a BA in Education. Carolyn worked as a teacher and then as a school
administrator for 26 years. She has three children, six grandchildren and is married to Cloud Cole, a 1964 North High Graduate.
Chris owns and runs Doubleday Insurance in Ankeny and became an active friend of North High after meeting a number of students through his volunteerism with local athletics. Those students helped Chris see some of the needs in the community and he has since started a non-profit dedicated to providing various supports to North High students, such as bus passes, holiday gifts, stocking the school food pantry, etc. Chris sees the many assets in the students of North High and is pleased to be on the Polar Bear Scholarship Board to support their college dreams.
Andy Hodges is a 1998 graduate of North High School. After graduation, Andy attended Buena Vista University where he received his B.A. in Banking & Finance. Andy started his real estate career with Principal Real Estate Investors in 2002, and in 2008 joined the local commercial real estate development company Signature Commercial Real Estate.
Andy is a third generation Polar Bear and is excited to be in a position to give back to a community and school that provided so much to him.
Susan (Tolpingrud) Hollingsworth is a graduate of North High School (1998). She lives in the Highland
Park neighborhood and volunteers for the Parks Area Foundation – a civic group dedicated to enriching the lives of residents in the area and supporting the business district. She has been managing at MetaBank for over 10 years, currently at the Urbandale location. Susan joined the Alumni Foundation in 2015.
Alex graduated from Southeast Polk in 2011. After Southeast Polk he went to DMACC where he earned his Associates degree, then Drake University to earn his Bachelors in Business Administration. He is a IT Security Operations Analyst at MidAmerican Energy, owns his own design/media firm called Tridot Studios, earning his Master's degree at Drake, and sits on various other boards in the Des Moines area with whatever time is left.
Phyllis is a 1998 graduate of North High School, following her grandfather, father and brother. She lives and works in the Highland & Oak Park neighborhoods and is an active member of the Parks Area Foundation – a civic group dedicated to enriching the lives of residents in the area and supporting the business district. Phyllis joined the Alumni Foundation in 2014 and has since moved into the Treasurer position on the board.
Kristin graduated from North High School in 1993. After North she graduated from AIB with an Accounting & Business Administration Associates Degree. She has worked at Principal Financial Group for 21 years. Her son, Trey graduated from North in 2015. Kristin has been involved in the Booster Club and joined the Scholarship Committee in 2017.